Arnold appointed LPL tournament director

Former Sri Lanka batsman Russel Arnold has been appointed as the tournament director for the Lankan Premier League (LPL).

The now 44-year-old Arnold, who played 44 Tests and 180 ODIs, will start his new job in May with the T20 tournament set to start in August.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president, Thilanga Sumathipala, said: “We consider bringing in a person in the caliber of Russel as the Tournament Director of the LPL will help the process of making it a successful tournament, especially considering his experience as a player and also his knowledge in promoting the game.”

The competition, which Sri Lanka will be hoping could be as big as the IPL and BBL, could run into complications though it is scheduled to be held at the same time as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

According to ESPNCricinfo, the SLC are going to ask the BCCI to allow lesser known Indian players to participate in the league.

If the Indian players are allowed to play it could be a coup for the tournament as they might attract a major TV deal.